John Guzlowski is a writer and poet whose parents were forced laborers in Poland during WW II. He was born in a refugee camp before he came with his family to live in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. Already a highly regarded poet, he turned his childhood memories (including some gruesome child murders) into a novel titled SUITCASE CHARLIE.
Two war-weary Chicago detectives investigate a series of horrifying child murders. Before the crimes are solved, the reader follows the detectives through 50's era organized crime, racial conflicts, Polish neighborhoods and the pervasive evils of Final Solution. It is gritty and tightly paced. While this novel is not for the squeamish, it will not disappoint lovers of crime and detective fiction.
I hope followers of The Read will pick up a copy of SUITCASE CHARLIE and perhaps invite Virginia resident John Guzlowski for a visit and a reading.